New chemistry department chair at KSU’s College of Science and Mathematics brings in−depth academic and industrial experience

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (May 15 ‚ 2007) – Kennesaw State University’s College of Science and…

Georgia (May 15, 2007) — New chemistry department chair at KSU’s College of Science and Mathematics brings in−depth academic and industrial experience

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (May 15‚ 2007) – Kennesaw State University’s College of Science and Mathematics announced the appointment of Mark B. Mitchell as chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry and professor of chemistry. Mitchell will take over responsibility on July 1 for the largest chemistry and biochemistry department in the state of Georgia with more than 535 majors enrolled in departmental degree programs.

Mitchell is currently serving as interim associate dean for natural sciences and mathematics‚ and professor and chair for the chemistry department at Clark Atlanta University.

“Mark has the expertise and vision to take the department of chemistry and biochemistry to the next level‚” said Laurence I. Peterson‚ dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “Some of his strategic goals include continuing the growth of the department‚ improving our graduation rates‚ as well as helping the university become a national leader in science education.”

Mitchell earned his B.S. degree in chemistry from Northwest Missouri State University and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Utah. He has an active research program in surface chemistry with applications in environmental chemistry and catalysis‚ which he will continue to run at KSU. Prior to joining Clark Atlanta University‚ Mitchell was manager of the Vibrational Spectroscopy Analytical Skills Center for Union Carbide Corporation’s Central R&D Center in South Charleston‚ W.Va.

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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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